greyhound predictor

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8 - Greyhound Race Times

In this section, I explain how to enter the fastest/average race and sectional time into the Greyhound Predictor Stat Screen. For general racing times, Please see British and Irish Greyhound Track Records and Dates.

Best Recent Time?

Greyhound Predictor Version 2.0 requires a greyhound's fastest time to be entered. All 'middle-distance' races can be simulated!

Knowing a dog's quickest time is extremely important as it indicates to their top racing performance, which in turn implies to the 'class of the runner' and also allows us to calculate the average speed of a greyhound racing around a track. Please 'visit the past' and download GP Version 1.0

Since stadiums around the world have varying track dimensions, I would like to point out that all winning times achieved on circuits with 'smaller circumferences' may not truely represent a dog's racing ability, as speeds associated with 'sharper tracks' always produce slower times!

I suggest when entering times into the 'Predictor' that you always feel free to 'add or deduct' an appropriate amount of time, in order to bring these timings into line with the Greyhound Predictor Track. To find the actual amount of time to be adjusted, you must first trial individual dogs with different times recorded over different distances at tracks with different circumferences and surface conditions, then decide how these winning-times compare and adjust accordingly, as we say "It's not a Game? It's a Science!"

However, greyhound racing times can be very misleading! For instance, if a dogs raced only once, then its obviously 'open to improvement' and will no doubt achieve better times. Whereas a dog racing many times over the same distance may invariably struggle to reproduce their best times. Alternatively a dog returning to the track after a rest, spell of lameness or is racing 'out of form' will also struggle to reproduce their quickest times. Please note: since the fastest time is shown in Uk race programmes within the last 3 months, some dogs may have previously clocked a quicker time, although this fastest ever or lifetime best racing time is not currently displayed in trackside raceform.

If a greyhound has No Best Time (NBT) displayed in the formlines, then this dog has yet to race or trial over the trip. Therefore, you may need to enter an alternative time taken from one of it's previous races, run perhaps over another distance or achieved on a different track or alternatively you can always enter your own pre-adjusted racetime in order to best simulate a greyhound's real performance.

In United Kingdom form books the winning time (Win/Tm) is located to the right of the race remarks. However please note, that all recorded times are adjusted accordingly after the race to take into account the condition of the racetrack. These are known as the 'calculated racetimes' (Calc/Time). An asterix (*) shown after one of these times always indicates a dog's best recent time. When choosing to enter an 'amended time' please make sure a greyhounds obtained a clear run or a good finishing position in order to enter a time that best reflects its true racing capability.

Is it a Game?

GP v2.0 allows abnormally fast or slow times to be entered! allowing you to simulate slightly shorter or longer middle-distance races with more variations in sectional timings and wider winning race margins! but more importantly lets you further enjoy the fun element to Greyhound Predictor! Please see Betting Lounge!

Watching the dogs race in real-time is the key to a successful prediction and makes GREYHOUND PREDICTOR a unique tipping tool and Game!

Now check the formlines.

The Best Time (BT) or Best Recent Time (BRT) is located directly below each dog's breeding lines.

Now enter the fastest time.

Best Sectional Times?

Greyhound Predictor v2.0 allows all middle-distance sectionals to be entered!

A 'sectional' is the time it takes for a dog to run from the starting traps to the winning line first time around the circuit. This is important to know as it will provide a clue to a dog's pace-type, early race position and also lets us calculate the acceleration speeds of a greyhound exiting the traps!

In American race-cards this is known as the 'first turn time' (FTT) and shows the leading dogs time to the escape turn.

Since most tracks will have different circumferences and 'run-up' (RnUp) distances, I suggest if your 'split times' are not relevant, then once again, please feel free to 'add or subtract' an appropriate amount of time, in order to bring these timings into line with the Greyhound Predictor Track.

I suggest using the slightly longer 515 metre track to better simulate the precise distances between the dogs in the very early stages of a race!

Now check the formlines.

All 'sectional timings' are located directly below each greyhound's name and are preceded by the race distance and the previously occupied box or post position, for instance, 515 [1] 04.30 = (This dog ran over 515 metres / yards, from trap no.1 and recorded a sectional time = 04.30 secs.)

If 'No sectionals' are stated, leave your answer blank = 00.00 secs. The 'Predictor' will then set this dog an average sectional based on its pace-type!

Now enter the best sectional time.

Understanding Breaking Times

Greyhound Predictor lets you simulate missed breaks! As a general rule in determining short distances: 0.08 secs = 1 length, 0.04 secs = 1/2 length, 0.03 secs = a neck, 0.02 secs = head and 0.01 secs = short head. Although the actual time it takes a dog to run a length, may be fractionally quicker 0.0676 secs = 1 length. Therefore, dependent on you viewpoint, if you wished to simulate a dog missing it's break by two lengths for example, then simply multiply 2 x 0.08 = 0.16 and add this time to it's best sectional time, eg: 04.30 secs + 00.16 secs = 04.46 secs or alternatively use the slightly faster sectional length timing, eg: 04.30secs + 00.13 = 04.43 secs approximately, again the choice is yours!

At British tracks with mainly six or eight runners in a race, the hare travels past the starting traps at approximately 35 mph / 56.33 kph! The widest trap position is always the closest runner to an 'outside hare' and theoretically has the advantage of seeing the hare go past first! On the other hand Trap One being further away, is theoretically always the last dog to see the lure. Therefore, for these reasons early paced wide running greyhounds invariably break fast from an outside box position but generally don't trap so well when placed in the 'coffin boxes' or 'middle traps'!

Alternatively, dogs previously raced from an inside position invariably improve their breaking times when drawn further out in the middle of the track, as theoretically they see the hare fractionally sooner being drawn nearer to it. While greyhounds producing fast trapping times from the middle boxes often struggle to reproduce the same sectionals when drawn closer to the inside fence, as they see the lure fractionally later.

In America, Australia and New Zealand predicting breaking speeds is interestingly the opposite way around! as the greyhound closest to an 'inside hare' at 'trap release' is Trap 1, which theoretically always has the advantage of being the first dog to see the lure go past. While Trap 8 being the furthest away is theoretically always the last to see the lure. Since GP v2.0 dogs follow an outside hare, I suggest you may need to quicken up the times of the inside runners in order to better simulate dogs chasing an inside lure!

Understanding why a dogs sectional time may alter due to its starting position is vitally important, as these fractional hundreths of a second differences in break times not only set the initial pattern to a race, but influences any 'race interference' that may take place!

Occasionally an early paced runner will momentarily be "left in the boxes" and in its eagerness to rejoin the race leaders, may accidently cause crowding (crd), baulking (blk), bumping (bmp) or bunching (bnc) around the opening turns, all caused by the mistiming of a greyhound's break!

All Dogs in the Predictor have their own hit detection and can simulate: Crowding = +0.10secs, Bumping = +0.20secs and Baulking = +0.30secs!

Distance of Best Recent Time?

I suggest first trialing dogs to fully understand how small changes in distance can simulate different grades and affect the times in the Predictor.

By using GP's 515 metre / 563 yard track it's now possible to simulate Irish 525 - 550 - 575 yards and American 5/16 of a mile races!

Technically, when using Greyhound Predictor you should always choose the closest race length to the distance your predicting and indeed you can. However, instead of entering distance as ie. 550 yards or 503 metres, I suggest you add 13 yards or 12 metres and enter 563 yards or 515 metres. Since this distance will not only better simulate breaking times with an American style 'longer run' to the bend, but also takes into account that the Greyhound Predictor Track generally runs a little faster then an 'average sized track' due to it's own scale specifications, ie: bigger circumference. Therefore, all times entered remain extremely relevant to the winning times recorded over this slightly longer distance!

Now check the formlines

All previous lengths of races are preceded by the 'race date' eg: 04 Aug 515 = 515 Metres or Yards.

Now enter the race distance.

Average Race Time?

To enter the average time of a greyhound you simply calculate the approximate average of all the times relative to the distance your predicting. When calculating averages you may wish to ignore significantly slower times due to a dog being knocked over (ko), fell or did not finish (dnf).

In order to quicken up data entry the 'Predictor' allows average times and distances to be left blank!

Please be aware of mis-prints, hand timings (HT) and races run over the same distance but in fact recorded on another track!

Now enter the average time.

Average Sectional Time?

To calculate the average sectional simply look at previous runs over this distance and enter your estimate of the 'average breaking time'!

If No sectional time is displayed in the raceform, then you may need to enter your own estimate based on previous sectionals achieved over different race lengths or alternatively recorded on other tracks with different run-up distances or simply leave it blank!

Now enter the average sectional time.

Distance of Art?

GP v2.0 uses the abbreviation A.R.T. which stands for Average Race Time.

Now enter the race distance.

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